Friday, August 22, 2014

Remix Friday: Jean Jackets

Why hello there! The week back to school went pretty well (except that there is no air conditioning...yikes), and I figured with summer coming to an end I would do a remix of how I've worn my favorite jean jackets the past couple of years. I have a few that I have found at rummage sales and they are all on regular rotation, with slightly different proportions and details. It has been blazing hot this week, but maybe I can pull one out again soon if it ever cools down! 

My Wrangler jacket: 


A shorter, more preppy jean jacket: 






An oversized jean jacket: 



It looks from these photos as though I mostly wear jean jackets with dresses or skirts, but I actually do wear them with jeans quite often on my more casual days.

Hope you all had a fantastic week!
God Bless,
KJA

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Outfit: Great-Grandfather's Trousers


 You guys, these PANTS. I was rifling through some more boxes of stuff at my grandparents' house when I stumbled upon these high-waisted, cuffed trousers with some sort of a brown sheen to the fabric. I just about shrieked! They were glorious! They have the name D. Jones written in the waistband. That's David Jones, my great-grandfather, and while I never met him I have to imagine he was quite short in his old age, because these are cropped pants on me! I was so excited when I tried them on and they fit so well. They are a bit big in the waist, but nothing a good belt won't fix. Not to mention I wore them to an 8 hour training day last week for my job and they definitely passed the comfy-for-sitting-in-a-metal-chair-for-8-hours test. The only trouble is that I had that thrift store song stuck in my head all day. I don't know the song well but there is that line about wearing your granddad's clothes? Yep, played in my head the whole time :)

I also decided that because there were roses on my scarf, I had to mirror that in my hair and tried some large pincurls, which were so fun to wear. I also had curly hair afterword, so win-win in my book.

















And don't forget to check out my shop this week too! I've added a bunch of really fun vintage blouses with pretty collars and things :) Here is the link!

God Bless!
KJA

Psalm 16:8
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.



Wearing:
Top- St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store
Pants- Great-Grandfather's
Shoes- Rummage Sale
Scarf- Thrift Store?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Outfit: Tropical Dress


Good Monday morning cats! Today is the first day of school here and thank goodness I work in afterschool. That means I will still have my mornings to myself :) I am nervous about starting again this year though. Last year was the most difficult I have ever had in terms of students and behavior issues. I really hope that this year will be a bit calmer and less stressful.
It is technically still summer weather though, so I have to share this very tropical summer dress I thrifted a couple of months ago. It was made in Hawaii which really is no surprise considering the print and style. I don't think it is vintage, but it definitely has that retro feel to it that I love. I couldn't resist wearing these little white earrings I have with it too, they were the perfect match!













God Bless,
KJA

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.


Wearing:
Dress- Thrifted
Shoes- Lowry Mall
Sunglasses- Old, from when I was a kid
Earrings- Vintage Avon

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Devotional: Ambitions

James 3:13-18
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

I have been thinking a lot lately about selfish ambition. I am at that transitional point in my life where I finished with school a couple of years ago, but yet still not quite sure where to take my life next. I'm sure anyone in their early-mid 20's can relate to this on some level. There are so many things I would like to do in my professional life, personal life, spiritual life-but I am oftentimes left feeling like I don't know how to begin working at any of these ambitions. In the past I have stressed myself out about things thinking that in order to succeed at any of these passions that I needed to know exactly what and how to do everything, and that would just end up stressing me out because I would put too much pressure on myself. As I begin sharing this with my friends and family, and delving more into the word, God hit me over the head with the words that I needed.  
See, I struggle with reading my Bible. I always have. It can be overwhelming when you aren't sure what passages to read or how to understand the words once you do read it. But over the course of this summer, I have been trying my hardest to make time to read the Bible AND a new thing for me is that I have been writing in my Bible! I have been choosing a book (it seems as though this whole summer was devoted to reading James) and underlining and writing my thoughts in the margins. It has made SUCH a change in the way I've been reading. It forced me to really look for passages that I could relate to and in turn allowed God to show me so many things. 
The above passage just hit me the other day when thinking about all that I want to accomplish in life but don't know how to begin: I need to begin with God. If I don't have my heart right with him, then everything I hope to accomplish will just end in disorder. I need to make His ambitions MY ambitions. I was still mulling over how to do that when I continued reading and stumbled upon some more words from James:

James 4:7-8, 13-17
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Woah! That hit me right between the eyes. Why do I care about making all of these grand plans? If I am close to God HE will take care of making plans that are so much greater than I could have imagined for myself! It might not be on my timeline, but that is why I need to trust Him. 

Now, I want to make sure you know that I'm not saying it is bad to have ambitions- I think God wants us to have a goal and work hard towards it. He gave us all unique passions and talents and if we are just sitting back waiting for Him while we do nothing then our talents won't be sharpened and ready. What I AM saying is that we shouldn't stress out if our lives aren't moving along as quickly as we think they ought to. God is working on a path for us, but we can't find the path if we're not spending time with Him. 

I still don't have all the answers (I think that is quite obvious :) ), but I am working towards it and I will let you know how that turns out :)

God Bless,
KJA

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Outfit: Vintage Collared Sweater


I never thought that baby blue and hunter green would be a good color combination. Oftentimes I choose one item that I think I want to wear (this skirt) and walk in front of my closet holding it up to everything until I find something I like. Anyone else do this? I used to plan my outfits at night, but I'd wake up the next morning and not be in the same mood so I would have to change my idea anyway.
This silk skirt and sweater are two of my favorite pieces, I just have never paired them together before! I got the skirt at a rummage sale along with it's matching blouse. The sweater is from JC Penny's sometime in the 1950's :)













I am headed to my school tomorrow to prep everything for students coming on Monday. I hope some of my organizational skills were honed last year and that I can be better at my job this year :/ but we will just have to wait and see.

God Bless,
KJA


James 4:11
 Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.



Wearing:
Earrings- Gift from sister
Sweater- Grandmother's
Skirt- Rummage Sale
Shoes- Crocs, Thrifted
Bag- Thrifted